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Irrigation and Use of Entomogenous Nematodes, Neoaplectana spp. and Heterorhabditis heliothidis (Rhabditida: Steinernematidae and Heterorhabditidae), for Control of Japanese Beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) Grubs in Turfgrass

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Neoaplectana carpocapsae Weiser, N. glaseri Steiner, and Heterorhabditis heliothidis (Khan, Brooks, and Hirschman) require at least 0.64 cm irrigation after spray application to turf to promote establishment into the soil. Experiments were conducted in microplots (15.25-cm-diameter turf with soil plugs) and on dry golf course turf. Applications of N. carpocapsae and H. heliothidis (at 12.35 x 10 nematodes per ha), with irrigation following application and moderate soil moisture, produced 53% and 73% control of Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica Newman, larvae in golf course turf.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1988

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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